Friday , Feb , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Rasheed and Pistons host Garnett and T-Wolves

=== Rasheed and Pistons host Garnett and T-Wolves ===

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Rasheed Wallace is expected to make his
debut in a Detroit uniform tonight, as the Pistons welcome the Midwest
Division-leading Minnesota Timberwolves to The Palace of Auburn Hills.

This is the final contest of the season between the two squads. The
Timberwolves defeated the Pistons, 80-79, on January 23rd at the Target
Center.

On Thursday, which was the NBA trade deadline. the Atlanta Hawks traded
Wallace to the Pistons as part of a three-team deal that also included
the Boston Celtics. In addition to Wallace, Detroit also received guard Mike
James from the Celtics. Meanwhile, Atlanta acquired forward Chris Mills from
Boston and center Zeljko Rebraca and guard Bob Sura from Detroit. Also, the
Hawks will obtain the rights to Milwaukee’s 2004 first-round draft choice,
which Detroit previously acquired from Denver.

The Celtics get guards Chucky Atkins and Lindsey Hunter, both of whom were
with the Pistons, Detroit’s 2004 first-round selection and cash
considerations.

Wallace’s stay in Atlanta was brief. He played just one game for the Hawks,
scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds in a loss to New Jersey on
Wednesday. The 29-year-old Wallace was dealt to Atlanta along with Wesley
Person by Portland for forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim, center Theo Ratliff and
guard Dan Dickau on February 9th.

For his career, Wallace has averaged 16.1 points and 6.7 rebounds over 610
games.

James, 28, was having a solid season for the Celtics. He had started all 55 of
Boston’s games this season and averaged 10.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.4
assists. James is expected to serve as Chauncey Billups’ backup.

On Wednesday, the Pistons put an end to their recent struggles, downing the
Milwaukee Bucks, 102-98, at The Palace. Richard Hamilton spurred the Pistons
to the win with 23 points, while Billups added 20 points and seven assists for
the Pistons. Detroit halted a season-long six-game skid.

The Pistons have allowed at least 100 points only four times this season.

Detroit, which has won 11 of its last 14 home games, is 20-8 at home this
season.

On Thursday, Kevin Garnett posted 22 points and 24 rebounds for his sixth
20-20 game of the season, leading the Timberwolves to a 92-75 victory over the
Sacramento Kings at the Target Center.

Sam Cassell had 18 points and five assists for the Timberwolves in a matchup
of the top two teams in the Western Conference. Latrell Sprewell added 13
points, seven rebounds and five assists for Minnesota, which has won four in a
row.

The Timberwolves activated Wally Szczerbiak, an All-Star in 2002, from the
injured list prior to Thursday’s game. Szczerbiak, who had missed the entire
season with a strained left foot, contributed six points and two rebounds in
16 minutes.

Minnesota is 16-2 when it scores at least 100 points this season. The
Timberwolves are 9-3 in Friday games.

The Timberwolves are 18-9 on the road.

The home team has won the last six contests in the series. The Timberwolves
have lost two straight at Detroit.

DET MIN